Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer Road Test (2009)

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It does make a difference to the feel and ride of the car but the 2.8 Elite still felt a little soft.

The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer test car housed the 2.8i V6 Turbo ECOTEC, petrol engine. It develops 260PS at 5,500rpm and 350Nm of torque between 1,900 and 4,500rpm. It is mated solely to a 6-speed manual gearbox, which is a very responsive combination.

It takes just 7-seconds to do the 0-62mph sprint and from there the top speed is 154mph. The power delivery is smooth and although there is a slight delay after kick-down, it is only a momentary dwell before the engine delivers a real surge of power. For sure, it is a large engine but it is impressive nonetheless and the turbo makes a nice muted noise.

Most of the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer petrol engines come with FlexRide (Adaptive Stability Technology) as standard but only the 2.8i and 2.0i have adaptive, 4x4 capability. FlexRide offers the choice of Standard, Tour or Sport settings. Sport offers stiffer dampening and faster throttle responses and makes changes to the steering and 4x4 systems, where applicable, leaning more towards rear-wheel-drive.

It does make a difference to the feel and ride of the car but the 2.8 Elite still felt a little soft. I also drove the new Vauxahll Insignia Sports Tourer 1.6i Turbo and found that it feels altogether much tauter and has both the power to entertain and reasonably good economy.

The big V6 on the other hand is, as expected, not so frugal with figures of 15.8mpg for the urban cycle, 34.0mpg for the extra-urban and 23.9 for the combined. CO2 emissions are measured at 277g/km.

So, the petrol engine line-up is: a 1.6i Turbo, a 1.8 Ecotec and a 2.0 Turbo Ecotec, while the diesels are a 2.0CDTi with two outputs of 130- and 160PS.

All Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourers come with a range of safety features including ESP, ISOFIX fittings on all three rear seats, automatic headlights, cruise control, front, side and curtain airbags and, of course, ABS.

When it comes to drivability, the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is one of the best in its class and that, together with the interior ambience and space, is what makes it a winner with a big thumbs up.

29 April 2009 Melanie Carter
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Vauxhall Insignia Road Test Data
Model ReviewedVauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 2.8 V6 4x4 Elite Nav
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourMetro Blue
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7 Seconds
Top Speed 154 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Automatic
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban15.8 mpg
Extra Urban34 mpg
Combined23.9 mpg
  
Insurance Group15
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 29/04/09)£31,965

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